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  1. Joe Shearer

    India to manufacture CAR 817AR assault rifle locally

    They haven't made up their 'minds'yet, AFAIK. If the collaborator had been Anil Ambani, it would be an open-and-shut case. As it is, what's happening is not very clear. Also, in brief, the Army is planning to buy in two segments: very effective weapons for green berets, the fighting echelons...
  2. Joe Shearer

    India to manufacture CAR 817AR assault rifle locally

    It's rather a large market. Who is it intended for? There is a huge amount of procurement due to happen for the Army, at two distinct layers, due to the sheer numbers, but they have in mind an entire system: details have been discussed to death elsewhere. Apart from that, the various border...
  3. Joe Shearer

    Qatar in talks for T-129

    Maybe they are buying for the Taliban. Nobody else in their corner who might need Qatar to stockpile for them.
  4. Joe Shearer

    Putin Claimed His Hypersonic Missiles Were Invincible. Then He Jailed the Developers.

    What chance do we have, between Trump on one side, and Putin on the other?
  5. Joe Shearer

    Saudi Arabia to begin receiving Thunder-2 ballistic missile system in 2022

    I see in this a stiff and difficult task in terms of materials management and procurement. This is true of each and every military service of any substance, any size, but naturally, there must be constant thought in the minds of the leadership about the need to converge systems and...
  6. Joe Shearer

    Asalaamu Alaikum to everyone

    Glad you're here. I'm feeling very dejected at the sad state elsewhere. What a fiasco! Tell me something I should do, some topic I should choose to get an interesting conversation going.
  7. Joe Shearer

    Saudi Arabia to begin receiving Thunder-2 ballistic missile system in 2022

    Interesting. You realise, of course, that there is a keen edge to my interest in this topic.
  8. Joe Shearer

    I'm fine, but restless for some real interaction - sick of bad mannered bickering, sick of khaki...

    I'm fine, but restless for some real interaction - sick of bad mannered bickering, sick of khaki chaddis, sick of green chaddis. Really feel sorry for Arsalan and Waz and even for Dubious, although perhaps he gets carried away sometimes. Waiting, anxiously, for your posts. Long time haven't...
  9. Joe Shearer

    Saudi Arabia to begin receiving Thunder-2 ballistic missile system in 2022

    The situation is a pain in the ... elbow? Anyone dealing with the Ukrainians is likely to be impaled by Czar Vlad the Bad. So that leaves our neighbours free to deal with them, while we watch from the sidelines, muttering into our beards.
  10. Joe Shearer

    Saudi Arabia to begin receiving Thunder-2 ballistic missile system in 2022

    I wonder if you could throw some light on what was 'co-developed'; presumably, there was a framework system to work from, and the technology used for that is to be transferred. What was the nature of the customisation that was done to qualify for co-development?
  11. Joe Shearer

    Yaar, tussi kitthe ho? Bakiyan nu kedi waste puchhde reh gaye,, pahle to hazira laga le!

    Yaar, tussi kitthe ho? Bakiyan nu kedi waste puchhde reh gaye,, pahle to hazira laga le!
  12. Joe Shearer

    India - Development models and Future

    I also plan to reproduce, entirely without permission, a couple of posts from a private mailing list, that lead to alarming inferences about the state of Indo-Pakistani perceptions of each other, specifically within what was often the most tolerant and understanding social segment in each...
  13. Joe Shearer

    India - Development models and Future

    No. The article broadly marches in the same direction as I do, and in spite of my reluctance, I find myself more and more aligned to the objectives and purposes of the Congress. That is why I reprinted/ reproduced it. My own views are a harsher, but more data-driven, version of this. Do write...
  14. Joe Shearer

    India - Development models and Future

    @Nilgiri We are being deconstructed as a nation, as a functioning economy, as a legal system, as a country capable of defending itself, as a diplomatic neighbour, as a thinking man's nation, as a society at peace within itself, as a safe place for women and female children, and as a functioning...
  15. Joe Shearer

    Iran unveil 10 century made weapons

    I'm shocked at the level of ignorance that all of you have shown. This is a jet propelled amphibious vehicle. The jet propulsion is provided by rapid fire mode on the converted howitzer mechanism. If you look carefully, it is displayed upside down so that we can see what should normally be...
  16. Joe Shearer

    Folk Dances of India - Maharashtra and Goa

    I had in mind the South next; leaving the east for the finale. Anyone who hasn't seen the Pung Cholom hasn't lived. Afterthought: More than anything else, I wanted to share the incredible diversity of India with those friends who actually look at these. Just imagine being in Delhi, and the kind...
  17. Joe Shearer

    Folk Dances of India - Maharashtra and Goa

    One last dance form (there are many more!): This was included because you'll come across the same style many thousands of miles away.
  18. Joe Shearer

    Folk Dances of India - Maharashtra and Goa

    And if you've watched the film Bobby, you know about these folk:
  19. Joe Shearer

    Folk Dances of India - Maharashtra and Goa

    There are so many in Maharashtra alone, it's difficult to make a choice. Here's the lezim:
  20. Joe Shearer

    Folk Dances of India - Maharashtra and Goa

    That was the North-west: I counted Gujarat there arbitrarily. Just next door, and then below that, are Maharashtra and Goa. Very different places, and very different dances. There are half-a-dozen in Maharashtra alone. Watch this, for instance, the Lavani:
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